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Airframe and Powerplant Technician (APC)

Train to be an airframe and powerplant aircraft technician and learn how to keep aircraft operating safely and efficiently within FAA regulations. This certificate program offers both classroom theory and hands-on practical experience as students work on real aircraft and state-of-the-art trainers. Students enrolled can complete this 1,904-hour certificate program in as little as one year, preparing them to take the FAA Aircraft Mechanic examinations. Coursework provides training in general aeronautical, airframe and powerplant technology. 
  
Students who earn the certificate and pass their FAA examinations, are in great demand in this highly employable field. Those interested in enhancing their employability skills and advancement potential can choose to continue their education through DCC’s Aviation Maintenance Technician associate degree program. All coursework in the certificate will apply towards the degree. 

Note: The Airframe Powerplant and Technician program certificate can be fulfilled without the need for flight training.

The certificate is awarded upon completion of requirements for this program.

Note:

The program-specific courses in this program will follow a one-course-at-a-time sequence. Students will take AMT 101 for a few weeks, complete the course, and then begin AMT 102, etc. Courses have been designed so that the AMT courses listed in a term will all be completed within that term. Academic coursework (for example, MAT 109 and ENG 101) will be taken across the entire semester.

The Applied Academic Certificate, Airframe & Powerplant Technician, is designed to prepare men and women for employment as maintenance technicians in general aviation, corporate aviation, airlines or aerospace manufacturers.

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficient, entry-level aviation maintenance skills.  

  • Apply their knowledge of systems to evaluate FAA publications as to airworthy standard. Maintenance log recording will be completed to FAA standards.  

  • Exhibit proficiency in emphasis area skills: airframe or power plant.  

  • Become competent in the skills, knowledge, and techniques necessary to successfully pass FAA oral and practical exams for certification.  

  • Demonstrate critical thinking, technological competency, and communication skills, as well as the ability to work with others.

Courses should be selected in consultation with an advisor. 

Term 1

Course No.

Descriptive Title

Credit Hours

AMT 101

General Maintenance Practices

5

AMT 102

Materials and Processes

2

AMT 103

Basic Aircraft Electricity

2

AMT 104

Airframe Systems I

5

MAT 109

Survey of Mathematics

3

 

TOTAL

17


Term 2

Course No.

Descriptive Title

Credit Hours

AMT 105

Airframe Systems II

3

AMT 106

Aircraft Structures I

3

AMT 107

Aircraft Structures II

4

AMT 108

Welding and Airframe Inspection

2

AMT 109

Introduction to Powerplant

3

 

 TOTAL

15


Term 3

Course No.

Descriptive Title

Credit Hours

AMT 110

Reciprocating Engines

2

AMT 111

Turbine Engines and Powerplant Systems

4

AMT 112

Powerplant Systems

6

AMT 113

Powerplant Inspection and Electrical Systems

2

ENG 101

Composition I

3

 

TOTAL

17